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Geopolitical assemblages and complexity

Dittmer, J; (2014) Geopolitical assemblages and complexity. Progress in Human Geography , 38 (3) 385 - 401. 10.1177/0309132513501405. Green open access

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This article proposes a framework for considering materiality in the field of geopolitics: assemblage and complexity theories. Drawing on literatures beyond the field to imagine a posthuman geopolitics, this article argues for a relational ontology that emphasizes the complex interactions among the elements of an assemblage. These interactions produce emergent effects which themselves reshape the assemblage’s elements. This has implications for understandings of agency, subjectivity, and systemic change. The article concludes by highlighting the methodological and ethical challenges that such a project would face.

Type: Article
Title: Geopolitical assemblages and complexity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0309132513501405
Publisher version: http://phg.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/08/31/03...
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2013. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page(http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
Keywords: complexity; emergence; geopolitics; materiality; posthuman;
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1404270
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